The Belcourt Theatre is now closed
for approximately 5-6 months
for renovation, construction and preservation
on our 90-year-old building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow the Belcourt's renovation and news.

Pop-Up Events

While we renovate, we're organizing pop-up screenings around town. Screenings and ticket links posted here as screenings are confirmed.

 


Peripheral Visions, Vol. 3: THREE THE HARD WAY
Presented by Third Man Records and the Belcourt Theatre

Tue, May 3 at 8:00pm (Doors at 7:00pm)

Location: The Blue Room at Third Man Records, 623 7th Ave South | Click here to see map
Tickets: $10 / $8 (Belcourtmembers) | Click here to BUY TICKETS

 

THREE THE HARD WAY
Dir. Gordon Parks Jr., USA, 1974, 89min, R, 16mm TV Print

Action explodes all over the place when the big three join forces to save their race! A record producer (Jim Brown), a PR man (Fred Williamson) and a black belt (Jim Kelly) in karate team up to stop a secret white supremacist plan to contaminate the water supplies of Detroit, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. with a substance that is lethal only to blacks. Sent up decades later in BLACK DYNAMITE (switching water for malt liquor), Gordon Parks Jr.'s 1974 followup to the blaxploitiation classic SUPER FLY is an action lover's dream come true: Guns! Karate! Topless biker torturesses! And explosions out the wazoo! They've done it before on their own... but this one's too big to handle alone. See the trailer here.

 


Light and Sound Machine: THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF MR WEST IN THE LAND OF THE BOLSHEVIKS
Presented by Third Man Records and the Belcourt Theatre

Part of The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography and Film, presented by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Thu, May 19 at 8:00pm (Doors at 7:00pm)

Location: The Blue Room at Third Man Records, 623 7th Ave South | Click here to see map
Tickets: $10 / $8 (Belcourt and Frist members and Vanderbilt students and faculty) | Click here to BUY TICKETS

 

THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF MR WEST IN THE LAND OF THE BOLSHEVIKS
Dir. Lev Kuleshov, Russia, 1924, 94min, NR, 16mm, Silent with English subtitles

A hilarious tribute to American silent comedies, this Russian film was the first to specifically address American stereotypes of Soviet Russia as well as the first produced by director Kuleshov’s Experimental Cine-Laboratory school. This 16mm print, on loan from the film library of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, offers a rare glimpse of slapstick humor used for propagandistic effect. See the trailer here.

 

About The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography and Film at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, through July 4, 2016:
From early vanguard Constructivist works by Alexander Rodchenko and El Lissitzky to the modernist images of Arkady Shaikhet and Max Penson, Soviet photographers played a pivotal role in the history of modern photography. The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography and Film examines how photography, film, and poster art were harnessed to disseminate Communist ideology, revisiting a moment in history when artists acted as engines of social change and radical political engagement. Covering the period from the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution through the 1930s, the exhibition explores how early modernist photography and film influenced a new Soviet style while energizing and expanding the nature of the media. Through more than 150 works, The Power of Pictures reveals how striking images by master photographers and filmmakers were seen as powerful propaganda tools in the new Soviet Union, and looks at photography and film together as influential and formally related media. 

During the exhibit, the Frist rotates screenings of 12 films in its Upper-Level Galleries, as well as screenings at Vanderbilt's Sarratt Cinema and this screening at Third Man Records, co-presented by Third Man Records and the Belcourt. See all film information here. 

Give

 

 

Support the Belcourt during The Big Payback 

The Belcourt Theatre is participating in The Big Payback, a community-wide, 24-hour online giving challenge hosted by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Thanks for supporting the Belcourt!

Support the Belcourt Campaign

The Belcourt seeks leadership gifts to restore, renovate and preserve its historic 90-year-old theatre. To learn more about making a leadership gift/pledge* of $10,000 or more, as well as campaign naming opportunities, please contact: 

Brooke Bernard | Development Director
615-846-3150 ext. 21
brooke@belcourt.org 

Leadership gifts may be pledged over five years.

 

Name a seat!

Help make Belcourt history with your donation to support the Belcourt's first major renovation in 50 years. With a gift of $2,500, we’ll recognize your generosity on a Belcourt seat.

Add your name (or a name of your choice), to the back of a seat in either the Belcourt’s 1925 Hall or 1966 Hall, or in our new Manzler/Webb Screening Room on the 2nd floor. 

Gifts may be pledged over 12 months. Your plaque(s) will be installed after the completion of the pledge period. Choose the hall you prefer, or the new screening room. Specific seats cannot be chosen, however, and naming does not reserve a particular seat for your use. Plaques will remain in place for the life of the halls’ or screening room’s seats (a minimum of 10 years). 

 

Make an annual gift to the Belcourt

Annual donations are an essential component of the Belcourt Theatre's budget each year. As Nashville's nonprofit cinema, the Belcourt is mission-driven and provides opportunities for people of all ages to discover, explore and learn through the power of film. These gifts continue to be vital to the Belcourt's operations and programming, even as we seek funds to renovate, refurbish and preserve the theatre's 90-year-old building through the Belcourt Campaign.

Membership

HOW THE BELCOURT'S RENOVATION AND THE BELCOURT CAMPAIGN WILL AFFECT MEMBERSHIPS

All current Belcourt memberships have been extended for a six-month period to cover construction and renovation work. Though we won’t be issuing new membership cards until each member’s next renewal (a helpful cost savings initiative), your extended expiration date will be in our records. Likewise, if you join during construction, your membership will be extended to account for the length of time lost to the theatre’s closure.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BELCOURT CAMPAIGN HERE.

Members provide vital annual support for the nonprofit Belcourt Theatre and its innovative film programming. As a member, you'll enjoy a range of great benefits that include discounts on films and concessions, member-only invitations, and the inside scoop on upcoming events.

All Belcourt members receive these great benefits:

  • discounted admission to Belcourt films

  • 20% discount on all Belcourt merchandise and non-alcoholic concessions

  • service charge waived for members when buying tickets online

  • discounts on select special events

  • monthly calendar of events mailed to your home

  • weekly email updates


REVIEW MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS AT ALL LEVELS HERE.

    

VISIT OTHER ART HOUSES WHEN YOU TRAVEL! In addition to the benefits above, Belcourt members can visit other art house theatres across the U.S.—and receive their member discount. Check out the Art House Visiting Members Program here, including a list of over 40 art houses.

Education

While our 90-year-old building is under renovation, the Belcourt’s education program continues to share the power of film and teach visual literacy throughout the community.

We take our Mobile Movie Theatre and teaching staff to schools, after-school programs and community centers throughout our region, providing young audiences with the opportunity to sense the power, magic, story-telling and universality that the art of film makes possible.
 


PARTNERS

Our partnerships with schools, after-school programs, and community centers include:

Martha O'Bryan

Wright Middle School

Apollo Middle School

Temple Preschool

Casa Azafrán

Oasis Just Us

McMurray Middle School

Madison Middle School/NAZA

Donelson Middle School/NAZA

Antioch High School

Hartman Park Community Center/NAZA

Glencliff High School

Nashville International Center for Empowerment

Waves, Inc.

YMCA Brentwood Summer Camp

Riverdale High School

MNPS Transition Program

 

To learn more about partnering with the Belcourt's education program, please email education@belcourt.org.

 

About

History and Mission

The Belcourt Theatre's mission is to engage, enrich, and educate through innovative film programming in our historic theatre, our community, and beyond. 

The Belcourt Theatre is a unique Nashville treasure with a vibrant historic past and deep roots in the community. Today, the Belcourt is a nonprofit cultural institution dedicated to presenting the best of independent, documentary, world, repertory and classic cinema. The Belcourt provides opportunities for people of all ages to discover, explore and learn through the power of film. We cultivate and build on the powerful sense of shared experience that audiences can achieve — taking advantage of our building’s physical character and location in the heart of a lively Nashville neighborhood. At the same time, we work with community partners throughout Nashville and Middle Tennessee to bring inspiring films to children and young people with our Mobile Movie Theatre.

Today, the Belcourt Theatre thrives. It's recognized as one of Nashville's most vibrant arts organizations and as a leader among the country's art houses regionally and nationally. The Belcourt attracts audiences from throughout Middle Tennessee and the Southeast region, as well as visitors from more than 40 states and from other countries — a total of approximately 160,000 visitors annually. Over 11,000 people participate in our yearly in-theatre engagement programs, including Q&As with filmmakers and conversations with experts, scholars and community commentators. More than 1,200 students in our community benefit from film programming and visual literacy activities through one of our partner schools or organizations.

As of Dec 24, 2015, the Belcourt is closed for 5-6 months for essential renovation, construction and preservation — the first major work on the 90-year-old building in 50 years.

Belcourt Timeline

  • 1925 | Opens as the Hillsboro Theater to show silent movies, with a Kimball organ, 800 leather-covered seats, and Nashville’s largest stage
  • 1930s | First performance of the Children’s Theatre of Nashville and home to the Grand Ole Opry (1934-1936)
  • 1937 | Renamed Nashville Community Playhouse and is the site for community events, theatre and film
  • 1966 | Renamed the Belcourt Cinema — and returns to its original use as a movie house
  • 1993 | Carmike (and the Massey family) ends a successful 30-year lease of the Belcourt Theatre; Watkins Film joins Belcourt LLC to manage the building
  • 1999 | Belcourt LLC closes the Belcourt, and the building is leased by the nonprofit Belcourt YES! group
  • 2003 | Thomas Wills, a founding member of Belcourt YES!, purchases the theatre
  • 2007 | Belcourt YES! group purchases the theatre from Mr. Wills and formalizes the name as the Belcourt Theatre Inc. 2008-2011 | Belcourt supporters give generously to fund new seats, draping, carpeting and aisle lighting
  • 2014 | The Belcourt celebrates 15 years as a nonprofit cultural organization.
  • 2015 | On May 18, 2015, the Belcourt turns 90 years old.
  • 2015 | On Dec 24, 2015, the Belcourt closes for renovation and construction on its 90-year-old theatre — a project supported by the Belcourt Campaign with a goal of $4.5 million.

CONTACT

Main Office: 615-846-3150

Temporary Administrative Office: 4304 Charlotte Ave, Suite F, Nashville, TN 37209

Belcourt Theatre Administrative Staff

Front of House Managers

  • Tyler Glaser
  • Jessica Griffith
  • Jon Keller
  • Maria Pavlova
  • Heather Price
  • Bob Roberts

The Renovation

The Belcourt's renovation and construction work will take approximately 5-6 months. The project's architect is Tuck-Hinton. The builder is R.C. Mathews Contracting. 

This project represents the first major work in 50 years on the Belcourt's 90-year-old building. The work is being supported through generous financial gifts to the Belcourt Campaign. Learn more about the campaign here, including how you can make a gift.

FIRST FLOOR BLUEPRINTS

(Click the dots to learn more.)

Emergency Exits

Arches

  • Preservation work to secure the building’s iconic arches.
 

Poster Cases

  • New cases for film posters.
 

Exterior Brick and Masonry

  • Repair as needed to secure areas that are damaged and need strengthening.
 

Parking

  • Parking lot capacity reduced by only 2-3 spaces (to accommodate new entrance).
 

1966 Addition Theatre (1966 Hall)

  • Capacity changes from 366 to 254 to allow for restroom and lobby expansion.
  • Upgrade overall exhibition experience with improved sound system and new screen.

Plumbing

  • Replace and upgrade aging cast iron plumbing systems.
 

Historic Theatre (1925 Hall) Stage

  • Protected and secured original stage decking.
  • Performances ranging from 1934 Grand Ole Opry artists to King Crimson and John Prine have happened on this stage.
 

Fly Loft

  • Replace and secure the aging fly loft.
  • This fly loft is one of the building’s structures that's in most need of care and tending.
 

Proscenium Arch

  • Restoration work on the original plaster proscenium arch around the stage.
 

Historic Theatre (1925 Hall)

  • Capacity will remain unchanged at 332.
 

Elevator and Stairs

  • Providing public accessibility to the 2nd floor.
 

Concessions

  • Relocated to a more central position in the lobby.
 

Alcove

  • A small, comfortable seating area in the lobby for pre- and post-film gatherings.
 

Light Lock Doors

  • Preventing light and sound disruptions from the lobby.
  • Installed in both halls.
 

Restrooms

  • Bigger and improved.
  • Fully wheelchair-accessible.
 

Lobby

Expanded and more welcoming lobby, with added windows for both interior light and street activation all along our Belcourt Avenue frontage.

Box Office and Entrance

  • Relocated directly off the parking lot, providing convenience for all audiences and an entry from a flat surface for patrons with mobility devices.
 

SECOND FLOOR BLUEPRINTS

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Exterior Brick and Masonry

  • Repair as needed to secure areas that are damaged and need strengthening.
 

Concessions Storage

Projection Booth (for 1966 Hall and Screening Room)

Projection booth serving the 1966 theatre will include a digital cinema projection system (DCP) and upgraded sound system. This booth will also serve the new small screening room.

 

Projection Booth (for 1925 Hall)

  • Projection booth will serve both the Belcourt's historic hall.
  • Booth will include digital cinema projection (DCP) systems for both spaces, and 35mm projection for the historic hall.

Restrooms

  • New accessible 2nd floor public restrooms.

Additional 2nd Floor Entrance/Exit

  • Currently, the Belcourt’s projection and administrative spaces have only one entrance/exit—a configuration that is far from contemporary safety standards.
 

Administrative Wing

  • New, much-needed work space for staff.
  • This second story addition is cantilevered over the parking lot to protect parking spaces.
 

Classroom

  • A new room that provides space for learning and conversations around movies.
  • This important new space will dramatically increase the Belcourt’s ability to offer film education programs to learners of all ages.
 

Gathering Space

  • A new public space, ideal for pre- and post-screening gatherings.
 

Screening Room

  • A new small, flexible screening room with seating capacity of about 45.
  • Outfitted with a digital projection system, the room will be used for public screenings as well as Belcourt classes and education programs.
  • Also provides an ideal space for private screenings or test screenings for local filmmakers.
 

Elevator and Stairs

  • Providing public accessibility from the 1st floor to the 2nd.
 

Fly Loft Exterior

  • Secure the aging fly loft's structure.
  • Never noticed the fly loft's rusted, pitted and corroding exterior? Look on the Belcourt's roof next time you're in the neighborhood.

HVAC

  • Replace aging, inefficient and unreliable units and systems (that are increasingly expensive to repair and maintain).

 

Second Floor